- The Washington Times - Monday, December 22, 2014

Sen. Lindsey Graham, the incoming chairman of the Foreign Operations subcommittee in 2015, said President Obama may have opened the door to relations with Cuba, but when it comes to putting in an ambassador for Havana — both nations might as well forget it.

“When it comes to funding any embassy in Cuba … I will do everything I can to limit the size and stake of this embassy because you are rewarding people who kidnap Americans and who really are still communists in every way,” he said during an interview on “Face the Nation” on CBS.

He went on, Newsmax reported: “[And] if you’re being an offered an ambassadorship to Cuba, turn it down, because you don’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of getting confirmed. Congress will not enforce that.”

Mr. Graham called both current leader Raul Castro, and his brother, Fidel, former Cuba leader, “terrible dictators who deserve no engagement.”

Rather, “they deserve to be condemned and isolated,” he said, Newsmax reported.

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